Marquette Law School Supreme Court Poll May 9-19, 2022

(Percentages are rounded to whole numbers for reporting of results. Frequencies have been rounded to whole numbers but percentages are calculated based on non-integer weighted sample sizes.)

Results for survey items among all respondents are presented here (unless otherwise indicated). Please note that some questions are only asked of particular groups of respondents. In these instances, the row “NA’s” includes the number and percent of total respondents omitted from the question. These omitted cases are ignored when calculating the “Valid” and “Cumulative” percent columns.

B2: Supreme Court approval

Overall, how much do you approve or disapprove of the way the US Supreme Court is handling its job?
Strongly approve Somewhat approve Somewhat disapprove Strongly disapprove n
sex
Male 9 35 34 22 456
Female 7 38 30 23 527
Another gender 11 10 6 73 8
age
18-29 3 31 37 29 206
30-44 7 35 33 24 248
45-59 10 41 29 20 249
60+ 10 38 28 21 301
education
Less than HS 6 37 35 20 92
HS graduate 10 36 37 15 287
Vocational/tech school/some college/ associates 7 41 30 20 270
Bachelor's degree 5 37 29 28 175
Post grad study/professional degree 8 28 25 38 178
income
Less than $30k 5 37 35 21 332
$30k to less than $50k 5 38 35 21 179
$50k to less than $75k 6 40 28 25 172
$75k to less than $100k 19 28 24 29 125
$100k or more 10 34 30 25 190
party ID, leaners as partisans
Republican 17 51 23 9 385
Independent 3 35 35 24 189
Democrat 2 24 38 35 427
party ID, leaners as independents
Republican 18 54 20 9 278
Independent 6 32 37 24 433
Democrat 1 26 34 36 289
party ID, leaners separate
Republican 18 54 20 9 278
Lean Republican 14 44 31 11 107
Independent 3 35 35 24 189
Lean Democrat 3 18 44 35 137
Democrat 1 26 34 36 289
party ID, 7-category
Strong Republican 20 54 18 7 178
Weak Republican 13 53 22 12 100
Lean Republican 14 44 31 11 107
Independent 3 35 35 24 189
Lean Democrat 3 18 44 35 137
Weak Democrat 1 44 36 17 108
Strong Democrat 1 16 33 47 181
DK/Refused 0 17 34 48 4
marital status
Single, that is never married 3 34 35 27 256
Single, living with a partner 5 28 37 27 129
Married 12 41 28 19 462
Separated 4 24 56 16 26
Widowed 10 22 39 29 39
Divorced 6 40 20 30 89
Don't know/Refused/Web Blank 0 100 0 0 3
race and ethnicity
White Non-Hispanic 10 38 27 24 620
Black Non-Hispanic 5 32 42 18 114
Hispanic 3 35 39 21 169
Other 6 31 38 25 82
religious service attendance
More than once a week 19 42 24 13 74
Once a week 10 44 29 14 158
Once or twice a month 10 46 29 15 82
A few times a year 6 44 35 14 147
Seldom 4 37 33 25 252
Never 7 24 33 36 291
religious preference
Born-again Protestant 13 51 25 11 181
Mainline Protestant 8 33 36 21 133
Roman Catholic 9 39 30 21 200
No religion 6 29 32 32 314
Other religion 5 33 35 24 170
ideology
Very conservative 23 52 16 8 126
Somewhat conservative 16 56 18 9 227
Moderate 2 34 45 18 347
Somewhat liberal 1 26 41 31 171
Very liberal 2 8 20 68 130

B2: Supreme Court approval, 2-cat

Overall, how much do you approve or disapprove of the way the US Supreme Court is handling its job?
Approve Disapprove n
sex
Male 44 56 456
Female 45 53 527
Another gender 21 79 8
age
18-29 33 66 206
30-44 42 57 248
45-59 51 49 249
60+ 48 49 301
education
Less than HS 43 55 92
HS graduate 46 52 287
Vocational/tech school/some college/ associates 48 51 270
Bachelor's degree 42 57 175
Post grad study/professional degree 36 63 178
income
Less than $30k 42 56 332
$30k to less than $50k 43 56 179
$50k to less than $75k 47 53 172
$75k to less than $100k 47 52 125
$100k or more 44 55 190
party ID, leaners as partisans
Republican 68 32 385
Independent 38 59 189
Democrat 26 73 427
party ID, leaners as independents
Republican 71 29 278
Independent 38 61 433
Democrat 28 70 289
party ID, leaners separate
Republican 71 29 278
Lean Republican 58 42 107
Independent 38 59 189
Lean Democrat 21 79 137
Democrat 28 70 289
party ID, 7-category
Strong Republican 75 25 178
Weak Republican 66 34 100
Lean Republican 58 42 107
Independent 38 59 189
Lean Democrat 21 79 137
Weak Democrat 45 54 108
Strong Democrat 17 80 181
DK/Refused 17 83 4
marital status
Single, that is never married 37 63 256
Single, living with a partner 33 64 129
Married 52 47 462
Separated 28 72 26
Widowed 32 68 39
Divorced 46 50 89
Don't know/Refused/Web Blank 100 0 3
race and ethnicity
White Non-Hispanic 48 51 620
Black Non-Hispanic 37 60 114
Hispanic 38 61 169
Other 37 63 82
religious service attendance
More than once a week 61 36 74
Once a week 55 43 158
Once or twice a month 56 44 82
A few times a year 50 48 147
Seldom 41 58 252
Never 30 69 291
religious preference
Born-again Protestant 64 36 181
Mainline Protestant 41 57 133
Roman Catholic 48 51 200
No religion 35 64 314
Other religion 38 59 170
ideology
Very conservative 75 25 126
Somewhat conservative 72 27 227
Moderate 36 63 347
Somewhat liberal 28 72 171
Very liberal 9 88 130

C1: Justice nomination majority

What is your guess as to whether a majority of the current US Supreme Court Justices were appointed by Democratic or Republican presidents?
Definitely a majority appointed by Democratic presidents Probably a majority appointed by Democratic presidents Probably a majority appointed by Republican presidents Definitely a majority appointed by Republican presidents n
sex
Male 4 21 35 40 456
Female 6 29 41 23 527
Another gender 0 0 35 65 8
age
18-29 8 34 35 22 206
30-44 7 27 37 29 248
45-59 5 22 43 30 249
60+ 2 21 39 38 301
education
Less than HS 17 37 30 15 92
HS graduate 4 28 44 23 287
Vocational/tech school/some college/ associates 6 27 38 29 270
Bachelor's degree 2 18 41 39 175
Post grad study/professional degree 2 20 33 45 178
income
Less than $30k 10 30 35 25 332
$30k to less than $50k 4 34 36 26 179
$50k to less than $75k 3 27 44 26 172
$75k to less than $100k 2 23 35 39 125
$100k or more 1 11 45 43 190
party ID, leaners as partisans
Republican 4 31 43 22 385
Independent 7 35 41 16 189
Democrat 5 17 34 44 427
party ID, leaners as independents
Republican 4 30 44 21 278
Independent 5 28 41 25 433
Democrat 6 17 31 47 289
party ID, leaners separate
Republican 4 30 44 21 278
Lean Republican 4 32 39 24 107
Independent 7 35 41 16 189
Lean Democrat 4 15 42 39 137
Democrat 6 17 31 47 289
party ID, 7-category
Strong Republican 4 35 38 23 178
Weak Republican 5 21 55 19 100
Lean Republican 4 32 39 24 107
Independent 7 35 41 16 189
Lean Democrat 4 15 42 39 137
Weak Democrat 7 29 41 24 108
Strong Democrat 5 10 24 60 181
DK/Refused 0 0 0 83 4
marital status
Single, that is never married 9 27 37 26 256
Single, living with a partner 6 35 30 29 129
Married 3 22 41 33 462
Separated 5 39 25 31 26
Widowed 7 24 44 24 39
Divorced 1 20 43 34 89
Don't know/Refused/Web Blank 0 0 30 70 3
race and ethnicity
White Non-Hispanic 3 23 41 33 620
Black Non-Hispanic 14 28 31 26 114
Hispanic 8 30 36 25 169
Other 4 29 34 34 82
religious service attendance
More than once a week 11 36 22 29 74
Once a week 3 21 44 33 158
Once or twice a month 7 25 38 30 82
A few times a year 4 32 41 23 147
Seldom 5 26 39 30 252
Never 5 21 39 34 291
religious preference
Born-again Protestant 4 24 40 31 181
Mainline Protestant 6 20 43 30 133
Roman Catholic 3 31 38 28 200
No religion 5 21 41 33 314
Other religion 9 32 29 29 170
ideology
Very conservative 6 31 36 27 126
Somewhat conservative 6 26 44 23 227
Moderate 5 36 37 23 347
Somewhat liberal 4 14 39 43 171
Very liberal 6 5 37 51 130

C2: Heard about cases before Court

How much have you heard or read about recent cases being considered by the US Supreme Court?
A lot A little Nothing at all n
sex
Male 40 53 7 456
Female 28 60 12 527
Another gender 84 16 0 8
age
18-29 30 56 14 206
30-44 25 61 14 248
45-59 33 58 9 249
60+ 44 49 6 301
education
Less than HS 6 65 29 92
HS graduate 28 61 11 287
Vocational/tech school/some college/ associates 33 58 9 270
Bachelor's degree 43 49 8 175
Post grad study/professional degree 50 46 4 178
income
Less than $30k 25 61 15 332
$30k to less than $50k 30 53 16 179
$50k to less than $75k 31 65 4 172
$75k to less than $100k 50 43 7 125
$100k or more 45 48 7 190
party ID, leaners as partisans
Republican 30 61 9 385
Independent 22 59 19 189
Democrat 42 50 9 427
party ID, leaners as independents
Republican 32 59 9 278
Independent 27 61 12 433
Democrat 46 45 9 289
party ID, leaners separate
Republican 32 59 9 278
Lean Republican 26 66 8 107
Independent 22 59 19 189
Lean Democrat 34 59 7 137
Democrat 46 45 9 289
party ID, 7-category
Strong Republican 35 58 7 178
Weak Republican 26 62 13 100
Lean Republican 26 66 8 107
Independent 22 59 19 189
Lean Democrat 34 59 7 137
Weak Democrat 27 56 17 108
Strong Democrat 56 38 5 181
DK/Refused 48 52 0 4
marital status
Single, that is never married 27 61 12 256
Single, living with a partner 33 52 15 129
Married 37 55 8 462
Separated 34 61 4 26
Widowed 37 46 16 39
Divorced 38 49 12 89
Don't know/Refused/Web Blank 0 100 0 3
race and ethnicity
White Non-Hispanic 36 56 8 620
Black Non-Hispanic 23 64 12 114
Hispanic 31 53 16 169
Other 39 54 7 82
religious service attendance
More than once a week 36 59 6 74
Once a week 37 55 8 158
Once or twice a month 36 50 14 82
A few times a year 28 64 8 147
Seldom 32 58 10 252
Never 35 51 14 291
religious preference
Born-again Protestant 30 58 12 181
Mainline Protestant 33 52 14 133
Roman Catholic 34 57 9 200
No religion 40 50 10 314
Other religion 28 63 9 170
ideology
Very conservative 43 50 7 126
Somewhat conservative 28 64 8 227
Moderate 23 60 17 347
Somewhat liberal 40 53 7 171
Very liberal 58 37 5 130

D5: Fav/Unfav Brown Jackson

[Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson] Do you have a favorable or an unfavorable opinion of the following people or haven’t you heard enough yet to have an opinion?
Favorable opinion Unfavorable opinion Haven't heard enough n
sex
Male 38 28 33 456
Female 39 17 43 527
Another gender 83 11 6 8
age
18-29 43 19 38 206
30-44 36 16 48 248
45-59 34 24 40 249
60+ 42 30 28 301
education
Less than HS 27 18 55 92
HS graduate 29 26 44 287
Vocational/tech school/some college/ associates 37 19 44 270
Bachelor's degree 47 22 30 175
Post grad study/professional degree 55 25 19 178
income
Less than $30k 42 17 41 332
$30k to less than $50k 32 22 45 179
$50k to less than $75k 38 25 37 172
$75k to less than $100k 37 27 35 125
$100k or more 41 28 30 190
party ID, leaners as partisans
Republican 13 42 45 385
Independent 32 19 48 189
Democrat 65 7 28 427
party ID, leaners as independents
Republican 14 44 42 278
Independent 36 19 45 433
Democrat 67 7 25 289
party ID, leaners separate
Republican 14 44 42 278
Lean Republican 11 36 52 107
Independent 32 19 48 189
Lean Democrat 60 7 33 137
Democrat 67 7 25 289
party ID, 7-category
Strong Republican 11 56 33 178
Weak Republican 19 23 58 100
Lean Republican 11 36 52 107
Independent 32 19 48 189
Lean Democrat 60 7 33 137
Weak Democrat 50 14 35 108
Strong Democrat 77 4 18 181
DK/Refused 83 0 17 4
marital status
Single, that is never married 42 20 37 256
Single, living with a partner 51 11 37 129
Married 32 30 37 462
Separated 45 6 49 26
Widowed 38 5 54 39
Divorced 43 18 39 89
Don't know/Refused/Web Blank 30 70 0 3
race and ethnicity
White Non-Hispanic 31 25 43 620
Black Non-Hispanic 71 9 17 114
Hispanic 42 18 39 169
Other 49 22 29 82
religious service attendance
More than once a week 34 34 31 74
Once a week 32 23 44 158
Once or twice a month 44 19 35 82
A few times a year 37 21 39 147
Seldom 40 24 36 252
Never 41 20 38 291
religious preference
Born-again Protestant 24 33 42 181
Mainline Protestant 37 19 43 133
Roman Catholic 40 22 37 200
No religion 43 22 35 314
Other religion 48 16 35 170
ideology
Very conservative 12 66 22 126
Somewhat conservative 13 34 52 227
Moderate 40 15 44 347
Somewhat liberal 70 4 26 171
Very liberal 65 6 29 130

D6: SCOTUS ideology